Rendez-vous in Normandy
Be moved by the Mont-Saint-Michel, Wonder of the Western World. Remember the major historical event that took place on the D-Day Beaches on 6th June 1944. Normandy offers the visitor a stunning coastline, picturesque ports and beaches galore and nature lovers can head inland to get away from it all in the idyllic countryside.
Normandy, a green and pleasant land
Normandy offers the visitor the choice between the elegance of the seaside resorts on the Côte Fleurie of Deauville, Honfleur and Cabourg, and the wilder shores and fishing villages along the Cotentin peninsula. The Mont-Saint-Michel, which dominates the surrounding landscape, remains a must-see for all visitors with Europe’s highest high tides. Not forgetting the Côte d’Albâtre with its dramatic white cliffs and secluded creeks and fishing ports: Etretat, Fécamp, Dieppe and Veules-les-Roses.
You can also cycle along the rural paths, drive though the countryside of bocage hedgerows or just stop and wonder at the peace and quiet along the Manor Trail in the Perche area or in the Suisse Normande.
Take time to stroll around Giverny, once home to Claude Monet, father of the Impressionist Movement, and let’s not forget that Normandy is a true gourmet's treasure trove with Camembert, Calvados, cider, scallops, …
The medieval streets and cathedral of Rouen together with the half-timbered houses take you back to the days of Joan of Arc and the city of , reinvented by Auguste Perret after the Second World War, is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. In Caen, when visiting the ducal castle as well as the Abbaye aux Dames and Abbaye aux Hommes, you will retrace the footsteps of William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda, a story also told through the world renowned Bayeux tapestry, registered with the Unesco Memory of the World.
Upcoming major events
Two major international events will be held in Normandy in 2013: in June, the world’s most magnificent tall ships are expected for the Armada Festival in Rouen. The Festival Normandie Impressionniste 2013, with water as its central theme, will see a huge variety of events taking place simultaneously across Normandy from exhibitions and shows to festive events and concerts from late April till September.
The memory lives on… 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Later on in the year, Normandy will also host the Alltech FEI (tm) World Equestrian Games.